GENEVA / RACISM

20-Mar-2015 00:02:10
A challenge in the fight against racism is to forge new ideals for the younger generation, a French minister said Friday at a United Nations Human Rights event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. OHCHR
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STORY: GENEVA / RACISM
TRT: (2:10)
SOURCE: OHCHR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS
DATELINE: 20 MARCH 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND /FILE
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RECENT, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Tilt down of Human Rights Council Conference room

20 MARCH 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
2. Three shot with Christiane Taubira, Justice Minister of France
3. Wide shot podium
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Christiane Taubira Justice Minister of France: “Education and training is the cornerstone of personal freedoms. It is a great heritage of this decade of enlightenment – which concerns all of us in Europe. There is need for critical reasoning and constructive criticism and if these values are universal it is because all cultures of the world we see shared values across continents, values that protect all vulnerable people. As long as you can go back in time, you can find a set of values that emphasis the equality of humanity.
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Christiane Taubira Justice Minister of France: “The biggest challenge before us is probably the one to forge new ideals and aspirations, especially to be able to define new ideals, to define them together, for the young generation, to make them come alive together, to believe profoundly and to collectively share them. It is certainly the most difficult challenge ahead of us. If such ideals such as killings, suicidal and destructive ideas manage to filter into the new generation who should be enjoying life, they will thrive because we are not able to offer dreams and aspirations and hope, some collective expectations.”
7. Med shot, delegations
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A challenge in the fight against racism is to forge new ideals for the younger generation, a French minister said Friday at a United Nations Human Rights event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Christiane Taubira, the Justice Minister of France told participants at a UN Human Rights Council that education and training were pillars of emancipation in addressing racism.
“Education and training is the cornerstone of personal freedoms. It is a great heritage of this decade of enlightenment – which concerns all of us in Europe. There is need for critical reasoning and constructive criticism and if these values are universal it is because all cultures of the world we see shared values across continents, values that protect all vulnerable people. As long as you can go back in time, you can find a set of values that emphasis the equality of humanity.”
Alluding to recent terror attacks she warned about the new challenges facing the world noting that it is up to the international community to work collaboratively to forge new ideals and dreams for the young generation.
“The biggest challenge before us is probably the one to forge new ideals and aspirations, especially to be able to define new ideals, to define them together, for the young generation, to make them come alive together, to believe profoundly and to collectively share them. It is certainly the most difficult challenge ahead of us. If such ideals such as killings, suicidal and destructive ideas manage to filter into the new generation who should be enjoying life, they will thrive because we are not able to offer dreams and aspirations and hope, some collective expectations.”
Similarly, Jane Connors, a senior UN Human Rights official at the event called for “ collective responsibility to ensure that the horrors of the past rooted in racism, such as slavery and the slave trade, including transatlantic slave trade, genocide, the Holocaust, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing have no place in our present and future world. All Forms of racism and racial discrimination, even when not violent, negatively affect a person’s dignity and human rights enjoyment and must not be tolerated.”
The event also heard that racism has been openly entrenched and legitimised in institutions and politics.
“What we are seeing evolving is institutionalisation of racism, religion, ethnicity, cultivated for political purposes. It is becoming something legitimate. To ensure their ideas are recognised and endorsed, it is presented intellectually.”
The theme of this year’s commemoration of the International Day on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, marked annually on 21st March was: Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today.
Other panellists present included UNESCO’s Ali Moussa Iyé, Chief of the Intercultural Dialogue Section and Johanna Kool-Blokland, the Director of the Zeeland Archives, a company that has put together an online reconstruction of the a slave voyage based on archival documents.
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